How Emmett helped save me from depression


When people ask me what my book is about, I feel silly saying, “Dogs,” so I’ve been trying to refine it. I got a little further: “3 Dogs,” and then, “3 dogs who were really important to me and also it’s about my friend Kevin and a funny play on words,” and then I took a break.

It didn’t really hit me until my mom got sick: This is a book about the purpose dogs have in our lives, about how they are here for a discrete space and time and change us for the better in very specific ways. And the beauty of it is, you don’t even know what that is until after the fact. I always assumed Brody would be my kids’ dog…but that was Kekoa.

Brody was my mom and dad’s dog. What he did for them, and for us, during the worst two months of our lives was nothing short of transcendental. I didn’t know he had it in him.

As for the the dogs in the book, Emmett also had a very specific purpose. In the excerpt below, I speak about the isolating days of discovering you have postpartum depression, and how Emmett- through a very disgusting work of pica- helped me figure out I needed help. (Click the image to read the chapter for free on Medium.)


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Petplan and Best Friends Total Pet Care Announce New Paw-tnership

Newtown Square, PA (PRWEB) May 11, 2015

Pet insurance provider, Petplan, and pet care company, Best Friends Total Pet Care, have joined forces to meet the growing demand for access to high-quality pet healthcare by launching a unique partnership on May 30, 2015. The two pack leaders share a core belief that pets are family, and Americans are in agreement as evidenced by the $ 15 billion spent stateside on veterinary care in 2014(1).

After an extensive and detailed review of the pet insurance marketplace, Seattle-based Best Friends Total Pet Care has selected Petplan as its preferred provider for their 50+ Total Pet Care Centers and veterinary hospitals nationwide. Petplan, in turn, will extend special promotions and offers to Best Friends? 500,000 clients.

The partnership will make unexpected veterinary care more affordable for pet parents across the nation. It will also supplement Best Friend?s ?Total Pet Care? wellness plans, which cover routine care, preventive healthcare and other services.

Best Friends Total Pet Care President and COO Mollie Hoff sees value in clients coupling preventative care plans with pet insurance: ?Having both makes it easy for pet parents to plan and budget for their pets? care through all the stages of their lives.? She continues: ?We anticipate that this partnership will result in improved health for America?s cats and dogs, which is at the heart of our mission.?

Petplan co-founder and co-CEO Chris Ashton notes that the partnership makes exceptional veterinary care more accessible: ?As Best Friends Total Pet Care?s preferred insurance provider, we are proud to make their state-of-the-art medical facilities and advanced veterinary medicine more accessible for pet parents. America?s maturing pet health and pet insurance markets continue to benefit our families ? and especially our four-legged family members.?

Best Friends clients interested in finding out more about Petplan?s offers can visit

(1) According to the American Pet Products Association


Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We’re dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving?but thriving?into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the third consecutive year, Petplan was listed among Forbes’ annual ranking of America?s Most Promising Companies ? a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine?s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America.

Petplan?s fully customizable cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit or call 1-866-467-3875.


Best Friends Total Pet Care has designed our services to enhance the well-being of pets through all the stages of their lives. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with 51 locations in 19 states, we offer peace of mind for you and exceptional care. For more than 20 years, Best Friends Total Pet Care has delivered the very best in pet care, including veterinary and wellness services, boarding, grooming, doggy day camp and training. Best Friends Total Pet Care also offers comprehensive Total Care Plans for both wellness and urgent care. Best Friend?s team of professionals knows you and your pet personally and goes above and beyond to make both of you smile. For more information, visit

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Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys due to potential metal contamination. While this recall affects all lots of the Ruff Roots Dog Chew Toys sold by PetSmart, no other Himalayan Corporation products are impacted by this issue.





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